I had been an observer and admirer of Opera Bracelets for over a year before I "took the plunge" and bought myself a bracelet. But not just any bracelet -- the full story bracelet of my all-time favorite opera, Turandot. Was I really going to spend upwards of $80 on beads ? The short answer: yes ! When I received the package, I was so thrilled and cooed over the small touches of sweetness that Cindy puts into each package. And that wasn't even the bracelet ! It was absolutely gorgeous and so much more sparkly than it had appeared online. Carefully, I slipped it on my wrist and was able to tell myself the entire story without needing to look at the "road map" card enclosed -- so perfect was each bead to represent the characters and plot points of the opera. There was one quibble when I came to the question mark bead, which was upside down no matter how I wore the bracelet. I got in touch with Cindy. She was so responsive and agonized over the mistake of my persnickety eye that she sent me a completely new bracelet and triple checked it before sending it out. Wow ! The service was fantastic. Now, I proudly wear my bracelet to functions and have been able to share with others the beauty of Opera Bracelets... and my passion for opera. Thank you, Cindy ! Mary Martha https://costumeclosetcouture.com
The Turandot Opera Bracelet tells the story of the Puccini opera through symbolic beads and charms. A perfect gift for opera fans.
Turandot is one of my favorite special operas (click here to read the story why)
A fairytale set in ancient China - an unknown Prince sets out to win the love of the ice Princess. Suitors must answer three riddles or lose their heads!
26 have died so far. His Father, the girl crushing on him, 3 ministers of China and the Emperor himself try to save him but he enters the deadly contest!
Each bead and charm of the Turandot Opera Bracelet represents a character or moment from the work. Some of the most important beads and charms are described below and you can see all of the symbolic descriptions on the spiral chart photo or the PDF below. A story chart explaining the symbolism of the beads and charms accompanies every bracelet.
- Deep blue beads with a moon and star bead represent the night – waiting for moon rise and “Nessun Dorma”
- Calaf is a gold bead denoting him as a prince. Turandot is an ice blue to indicate her identity as the ice princess.
- Blind Timur is a grey cat’s eye bead to reflect his cloudy vision. Slave girl Liu is an glass bead with a flower floating in it to symbolize her femininity and strength.
- Silver Bi-cone crystals symbolize the executioners blade or the threat of it. This bead follows Calaf through the riddle contest.
- Millifiore beads represent ministers Ping, Pang and Pong and their ceremonial robes.
Special Charms include:
- Loving Liu’s guiding hand
- Tiger (year of the tiger)
- Turandot’s crown
- Hear with symbols of Good Fortune and Harmony (Calaf’s Victory)
- Star (Nessun Dorma)
- Dagger Liu’s death